George Harrison

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George Harrison, 1974
Signature of George Harrison

George Harrison , MBE (born February 25, 1943 in Liverpool , † November 29, 2001 in Beverly Hills , California ), was a British musician and composer . He became known as the lead guitarist for the Beatles . He was often referred to as the "silent Beatle" or the "third Beatle", as he was overshadowed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney for a long time . Another reason was his restraint and modesty, which can almost be called shy. By using oriental instruments and compositions from the mid-1960s, he became a pioneer of world music . With the Concert for Bangladesh (1971), he brought benefit concerts to a new level. It also had a great impact in the western world as a door opener for meditation techniques from India. He was also producer of some Monty Python movies and member of the supergroup Traveling Wilburys .


Childhood and youth

Harrison's birthplace, where he lived until he was seven years old
Harrison's first guitar

George Harrison was born in Arnold Grove No. 12 in Wavertree , a suburb of the northern English port city of Liverpool, as the youngest child of the bus driver and son of a Liverpool building contractor Harold Harrison (1909–1978) and his wife Louise (from a Catholic Irish family) ( born French; 1911–1970) born. As a child, when his parents were at work, George stayed with his maternal grandmother in neighboring Albert Grove, in close proximity to the Harrisons' little house. In the 1950s, the Harrisons moved to the Speke district. George Harrison had two brothers, Peter (1940-2007) and Harold (* 1934), as well as a sister, Louise (* 1931), who is training as a teacher, had left her parents' home at the age of 17 and never returned. George attended the same elementary school (Dovedale Primary School) as John Lennon, who was three grades above him. In 1954 Harrison moved to the Liverpool Institute , which Paul McCartney also attended. The two met on the school bus and became friends when they discovered their mutual interest in music.

Harrison took his first musical steps around the age of 13 when he got his first guitar. A friend of his father's taught him the basics of playing the guitar. As with many teenagers of the 1950s, the onset of rock 'n' roll success left a strong impression on Harrison and made him want to become a rock musician too.

Through the mediation of his friend Paul McCartney, Harrison was allowed to join the Quarrymen founded by Lennon, despite his young age . With that the core of the later Beatles was together.

Harrison left Liverpool in 1963. In that year he visited New York and St. Louis and in Illinois he visited his sister who lived there.

He states his height in his 1964 passport as 5 ft.10 in. (177.8 cm).

Beatles era

George Harrison, 1964
George Harrison, in the background Ringo Starr , 1964
George Harrison (left) with Don Grierson, October 31, 1968
The Kinfauns estate in Surrey , where George Harrison lived with his wife Pattie from 1964 to 1970
Ravi Shankar , 1969

The American editions of the early Beatles records addressed the fans directly with their record sleeves. Most of the time, the authors of the texts were not very precise about the facts. Harrison was described as follows on an LP released in 1964 by the US label Vee-Jay :

“George plays the lead guitar. He's the one with the expressionless face between John and Paul. He's also probably the best musician as he took a few hours of music lessons, which makes him the only member of the group with a music education. George is more introverted than the rest of the group, and someone who interviews him gets mostly 'yes' and 'no' as an answer, nothing more. George is the quietest and youngest in the group. His interests are broad. His secret wish is to become a really good guitarist and play a Spanish guitar without an amplifier. He is an admirer of the great guitarist Andrés Segovia . George was the only Beatle to come to the United States prior to their February tour , and he had the honor of meeting President Kennedy on the occasion . In his appearance, his narrow face is immediately noticeable, the light hazel-colored eyes, shaded by his hair with the shaggy Beatles cut. He prefers to eat lamb chops, but the food is not particularly important to him. His collar size is 14, chest 38, hips 30 inches . He is one of four children and was better than average in school. "

- Record text for the 1964 LP Songs, Pictures and Stories of the Fabulous Beatles . VJ 1092

George Harrison converted to Hinduism in the mid-1960s and - influenced by Ravi Shankar - brought Indian elements, especially playing the sitar , into the music of the Beatles - this can be heard in the song Norwegian Wood or in Within You, which he composed Without you .

His experience with psychedelics has fueled his interest in meditation and Hinduism. He commented, “It was like lightning to me. The first time I took LSD , something that was inside of me opened up in my head and I realized a lot of things. I didn't learn it because I already knew it, but that was the key that opened the door to reveal it. From the moment I had that, I always wanted it - these thoughts about the yogis and the Himalayas and Ravi's music. "

Harrison married the model Pattie Boyd on January 21, 1966 , they met while filming Yeah Yeah Yeah . Pattie Boyd introduced the Beatles to the teaching of Transcendental Meditation by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi . All four Beatles and their then wives were instructed in 1967. Shortly thereafter, Harrison and John Lennon turned away from Mahesh Yogi because they were shocked that the allegedly celibate monk had sexual relations with several young women and, like the alleged yogi, built a commercial empire that was mainly money-oriented.

Bhaktivedanta Manor

In 1969 Harrison met monks of the Hare Krishna movement and became a follower of their founder, AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada . He recorded the single Hare Krishna Mantra with monks at the London Krishna Temple in 1969 . The single Govinda followed in 1970 . In 1971 the album Radha Krishna Temple was finally released . Harrison personally produced the singles and the album for the Apple label . He also financed the printing of the book of Krishna through a donation of 19,000  pounds and he gave the Hare Krishna movement a stately home in Watford near London in 1973 , which became known as Bhaktivedanta Manor and became one of the largest Krishna temples in the west World became. His deep connection with the Krishna temples lasted until the end of his life, and he repeatedly visited the temple in Watford near London to sing Indian mantras with the monks at special events . One of his later songs (Jaya Radhe) was inspired by a visit to the Krishna temple in Vrindavan, India.

Although the music of the Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney was dominated, has produced some very successful compositions by George Harrison, for example, While My Guitar Gently Weeps , Something and Here Comes the Sun . Harrison contributed a total of 22 of his own compositions during his active time with the Beatles between 1962 and 1970, for the first time on the album With the Beatles (1963): Don't Bother Me ; Help! (1965): I Need You and You Like Me Too Much ; Rubber Soul (1965): Think for Yourself and If I Needed Someone ; Revolver (1966): Taxman , Love You To, and I Want to Tell You ; Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967): Within You Without You ; Magical Mystery Tour (1967): Blue Jay Way ; The Beatles (1968): While My Guitar Gently Weeps , Long, Long, Long , Piggies and Savoy Truffle ; Yellow Submarine (1969): Only a Northern Song and It's All Too Much ; Abbey Road (1969): Something and Here Comes the Sun ; Let It Be (1970): I Me Mine and For You Blue . The Inner Light was also released in 1968 as a single B-side and the following year Old Brown Shoe and the instrumental collective composition Flying (1967) and Dig It (1970).

Further unpublished songs did not appear until 1995 and 1996 on the albums of the Anthology series : You Know What to Do (1964), Not Guilty (1968) and All Things Must Pass (1969), the instrumental collective composition 12-Bar Original (1965) as well Los Paranoias (1968). The demos Circles and Sour Milk Sea , recorded in May 1968, were released in 2018 on the occasion of the re-release of the album The Beatles . Various test recordings that were recorded during the Let-It-Be sessions , such as Let It Down , Hear Me Lord and Isn't It a Pity , have not yet been officially released. George Harrison also sang the Lennon / McCartney compositions Do You Want to Know a Secret (1963), I'm Happy Just to Dance with You (1964) and the foreign compositions Chains (1963), Devil in Her Heart (1963) , Roll Over Beethoven (1963) and Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby (1964).

In January 1969, George Harrison left the Beatles for twelve days while filming Let It Be because he no longer agreed with the conditions in the group. As a result, Harrison wrote the song Wah-Wah , which is a metaphor for a headache. To make the situation more bearable for himself, he invited Billy Preston to the recordings, who later also took part in solo recordings by George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon. On January 3, 1970, George Harrison recorded his composition I Me Mine with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr , it was the Beatles' last official recording session until 1994.

In interviews after the band broke up, Harrison repeatedly complained that he saw himself in a supporting role with the Beatles because Lennon and McCartney dominated rehearsals and McCartney Harrison often dictated what to play. Even after Lennon's death, interpersonal rifts became apparent: Lennon had criticized Harrison for not mentioning Lennon's involvement in some of Harrison's compositions, particularly Taxman from 1966, in his 1980 autobiography . Harrison justified himself in a 1981 interview that Lennon had never mentioned that Harrison musical ideas flowed into numerous Lennon / McCartney songs. When asked about Lennon's murder, Harrison said in several interviews that he was now afraid for his own life. His Hindu worldview played a role in which a violent death did not fit.

Solo career (1968–1981)

As the first of the four Beatles, Harrison recorded a solo album in 1968. Wonderwall Music (November 1968) was the music for the film of the same name starring Jane Birkin , but it did not reach any noteworthy chart positions.

The Harrison composition Sour Milk Sea , which Jackie Lomax published as single A-side in August 1968, was produced by George Harrison; Harrison and Eric Clapton (guitar), Paul McCartney (electric bass), Ringo Starr (drums) and Nicky Hopkins (piano) played this version . The joint composition with Eric Clapton Badge , in which Harrison played guitar, was released in March 1969.

The second solo album, Electronic Sound (May 1969), was avant-garde ; Harrison then experimented with a Moog synthesizer .

In December 1969, Harrison went on a European tour with the American music group Delaney & Bonnie and Friends as an accompanying musician , and he also took part in a concert by the Plastic Ono Band at the Lyceum Ballroom in London on December 15, 1969. The motto was “peace for christmas” (Benefit for UNICEF ). In February 1970 Harrison supported John Lennon on his single Instant Karma! as a guitarist.

Part of Friar Park: George Harrison's estate

In January 1970, George Harrison acquired the 120-room Friar Park property in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Harrison wrote the song Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll) in homage to Frankie Crisp, the builder of the estate.

After the Beatles' official separation in April 1970, Harrison had the most successful new beginning as a solo musician. He released All Things Must Pass , the first triple album in pop history , in November 1970 . The producer was Phil Spector , who was also responsible for the post-production of the Beatles album Let It Be . On All Things Must Pass many songs that accumulated over the years at Harrison and had not found the way to a Beatles album appeared. It is still the most commercially successful album by an ex-Beatle and was revised and re-released by Harrison in 2001. The album also features the most successful track of his solo career, the single My Sweet Lord , which, according to the court ruling, later turned out to be an unconscious plagiarism of The Chiffons' piece He's So Fine . It was an ex-Beatle's first number one hit. The second single What Is Life was another top ten hit in Germany and the USA.

Concert for Bangladesh, on August 1, 1971 at Madison Square Garden

In 1971 George Harrison and Ravi Shankar organized the concert for Bangladesh , which took place on August 1, 1971 in Madison Square Garden in New York in front of a total of 40,000 spectators. In addition to Harrison, Ringo Starr , Billy Preston , Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan appeared. Klaus Voormann , a friend of the Beatles from his Hamburg days, also worked as a stage musician . Other artists who had been invited to the concert canceled in advance, like Paul McCartney , or, like Mick Jagger, had problems with their visas . There should have been disagreements with John Lennon about the participation of his wife Yoko Ono , so he did not appear either. The concert, the marketing as a triple long-playing record and the movie were a financial success and served as a template for further benefit concerts in the coming decades. Due to legal problems, since the participating artists were under contract with different record companies, the release date was delayed to December 1971 in the USA. In Europe the triple album was only released after Christmas in January 1972. The concert film was released in March 1972. Ravi Shankar and George Harrison received the UNICEF award on June 5, 1972 : The Child is the Father of the Man . In July 1971, in advance of the concert, the single Bangla Desh was released .

George Harrison produced the commercially successful Ringo Starr singles It Don't Come Easy (April 1971) and Back Off Boogaloo (March 1972), and in May 1971 he played guitar on five tracks on the John Lennon album Imagine .

In 1973, Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) became another number one hit in the US. The accompanying album Living in the Material World (May 1973) also reached the top of the US charts. Many of the lyrics of the songs on the album reflect George Harrison's religious and philosophical views. In March 1973 George Harrison was at the recording of Ringo Starr's album Ringo present, with whom he co-composition Photographer and - Harrison compositions - previously unreleased Sunshine Life For Me (Sail Away Raymond) and You and Me (Babe) recorded . The latter title was a joint composition with Mal Evans . Photograph reached first place in the US singles chart. When the John Lennon composition I'm the Greatest was recorded on March 13, 1973, Lennon played the piano and took over the backing vocals, George Harrison played the guitar, Ringo Starr sang and played drums. Only Paul McCartney was missing for a Beatles reunion. However, the bass was played by Klaus Voormann and the organ by Billy Preston.

George Harrison with Billy Preston (left), US President Gerald Ford (right) and Ravi Shankar (far right), December 13, 1974

On March 28, 1974, Harrison founded OOPS Publishing to better control his business interests. On May 23, 1974 he founded his own record label under the name Dark Horse Records ("blank slate"), whose record productions were distributed by A&M Records . George Harrison himself was contractually bound as an artist to Apple Records until January 26, 1976 .

Harrison was on a solo tour for the first time between November 3 and December 20, 1974. There were 45 concerts in 26 cities in North America. On the negative side, Harrison had a laryngitis , from which his singing suffered badly, which can also be heard on his subsequent album Dark Horse (December 1974). The album was recorded during the separation from his wife Pattie Harrison . She left him to live with Eric Clapton, the childless marriage divorced in 1977. During the tour on December 13, 1974, Harrison visited US President Gerald Ford with Billy Preston and Ravi Shankar, among others .

Extra Texture (Read All About It) (September 1975) is George Harrison's last album to be released on the Apple label. After the expiry of the contracts from Beatles times, Harrison broke away from the record company, which still brought out the compilation album The Best of George Harrison in November 1976, page one of the long-playing record was exclusively stocked with songs by the Beatles that George Harrison had written. Since A&M Records had no interest in a further collaboration with Harrison, he switched to Warner Brothers . Although his next album Thirty Three & 1/3 (November 1976) (the speed of rotation of a long-playing record, as well as Harrison's age at the time) received good reviews, it did not reach the top 10 of the US charts for the first time. In This Song , Harrison ironically dealt with the plagiarism allegations against My Sweet Lord . Another satirical discussion of the subject was broadcast on December 26, 1975 on BBC Two on Rutland Weekend Television . George Harrison sang The Pirate Song , which hecomposedwith Eric Idle . A legal publication has not yet taken place. George Harrison performed several promotional work for the album, including appearing on the comedy show Saturday Night Live with Paul Simon , with whom hesang Here Comes the Sun and Homeward Bound as a duet . In February 1977 Harrison had an appearance on the German television program disco of the ZDF ; there he presented This Song . In 1977 he only recorded the song Mo , a homage to Mo Ostin , the then president of the Warner Bros. record company. The song was only released in 1994 on a six-CD promotional compilation entitled Mo's Songs .

George Harrison in Amsterdam , February 1977

According to himself, George Harrison visited John Lennon in the Dakota Building (in the second half of the 1970s), it was their last meeting. (According to Keith Badman: The Beatles Diary Volume 2: After the Break-Up 1970–2001, p. 263, their last meeting was on Sunday, September 28, 1980 in Los Angeles)

On September 2, 1978, about a month after their son Dhani was born , he married Olivia Arias . After a three-year hiatus, the album George Harrison was released in February 1979 with the radio hit single Blow Away . In 1980 Harrison's autobiography I, Me, Mine was published , which he wrote with the assistance of Derek Taylor , a confidante from Beatles' times, who also wrote the foreword. George Harrison acted in November 1980 as the producer of the songs he composed Wrack My Brain and You Belong to Me , which were sung by Ringo Starr and published on his album Stop and Smell the Roses in November 1981.

His own album Somewhere in England , produced in 1980, was initially withheld. On the one hand, he had agreed with John Lennon that his comeback album Double Fantasy should appear first. On the other hand, the record company Warner Bros. was not satisfied with the songs and the cover design; she asked for improvements. While he was recording, John Lennon was murdered on December 8, 1980. As a result of this act, George Harrison re-recorded the song All Those Years Ago , which was originally intended for Ringo Starr, in homage to John Lennon, probably in March 1981. For this he changed the text and invited Paul and Linda McCartney as well as Denny Laine to contribute the background vocals. Since Ringo Starr already played drums in the original recordings in November 1980, all three living Beatles were involved in a new song for the first time. The single reached second place in the US and appeared on the remodeled album Somewhere in England , which was released in June 1981. As a dedication to John Lennon, Harrison quoted Krishna from the Bhagavad Gita on the inner cover of the record:

“There was never a time when I did not exist, nor you. Nor will there be any future when we cease to be. JOL 1940–1980 † ”

In the song Blood from a Clone , Harrison took a critical look at the music industry.

Activities as a film producer

In addition to music, Harrison was also interested in film. In 1979 he founded the film production company HandMade Films with his manager Denis O'Brien . This produced, among other things, the feature film Das Leben des Brian for the comedian group Monty Python . Other projects included a. Water , Time Bandits , Penguins in the Bronx , Mona Lisa and also Shanghai Surprise with the singer Madonna and Sean Penn . Worth mentioning is also Harrison's production work for the mockumentary The Rutles of Eric Idle , in the history of the Beatles humorous parodies is and also took a small role in the Harrison.

Break and comeback (1982-1992)

George Harrison at the Prince's Trust Concert , London , June 1987
George Harrison and Eric Clapton at the Prince's Trust Concert
Fender Stratocaster with the signatures of the members of the Traveling Wilburys

Harrison's album Gone Troppo (November 1982) went almost unnoticed and became his most commercially unsuccessful studio album. Only the title Dream Away became known as the title track of the film Time Bandits . Then Harrison initially withdrew partially from the music business. Between 1984 and early 1985, Harrison recorded the Dylan composition I Don't Want to Do It for the soundtrack of the feature film Porky's Revenge . This song was released in the USA in April 1985 as a single in a remixed version.

On October 21, 1985, Harrison was a guest at Carl Perkins , who recorded the television special Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session with Carl Perkins and Friends at Limehouse Television Studios in London . Other guest musicians included Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Dave Edmunds . Between February and July 1986, George Harrison recorded music for the soundtrack of the feature film Shanghai Surprise in Los Angeles . This film was produced by HandMade Films and premiered in August 1986. The main actors in the film are Madonna and Sean Penn . George Harrison can be seen in a minor supporting role.

On June 5 and 6, 1987, George Harrison performed at Wembley Arena as part of the Prince's Trust Concert in London and sang the songs Here Comes the Sun and While My Guitar Gently Weeps , which were featured on the album Recorded Highlights of the Prince's Trust Concert . Harrison made a comeback in late 1987 when Got My Mind Set on You hit number 1 in the US, the third number one hit for George Harrison and the last number one hit by an ex-Beatle to date . The album Cloud Nine , which was released in November 1987, also achieved high sales. It was produced by Jeff Lynne , whose musical influence can be clearly seen. On the second single, When We Was Fab , Harrison again alluded to the Beatles' past. In the accompanying music video he is wearing his old Sgt.-Pepper’s uniform; He is accompanied by Ringo Starr and a walrus, a character from the Beatles song I Am the Walrus .

In March 1988, George Harrison recorded the song Ride Rajbun with his son Dhani Harrison and Ravi Shankar , which was released in October 1992 on the compilation album The Bunbury Tails . Between 1988 and 1990 George Harrison was a member of the Traveling Wilburys group , which released two successful albums: Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 (October 1988) and Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 (October 1990). The other band members were Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison , who died on December 6, 1988 and was therefore not involved in the second album. George Harrison worked with the other members of the Traveling Wilburys as a guest musician on their studio albums.

Harrison's second best-of compilation Best of Dark Horse 1976-1989 (October 1989), however, like his new single Cheer Down , which was part of the soundtrack for Lethal Weapon II , went unnoticed.

Due to apparently financial problems, George Harrison agreed to Eric Clapton's proposal to tour Japan. The tour included twelve concerts in seven cities, between December 1 and 17, 1991, and was Harrison's second and final solo tour. The corresponding album Live in Japan with Eric Clapton (July 1992) was not a commercial success.

On April 6, 1992 Harrison made his first and last solo live performance in Europe at the Royal Albert Hall in London, at a concert for the benefit of the Natural Law Party , a small political party in Great Britain. Ringo Starr played drums on the last two songs of the concert. That same year, on October 16, 1992, George Harrison had his last appearance in front of a concert audience during the "Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Celebration" at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Withdrawal from the music business

George Harrison, Shyamasundara Dasa and Mukunda Goswami in Vrindavan, 1996

George Harrison limited his musical activities between 1993 and 2001 to contributions for other musicians. He was only significantly involved in two musical projects, namely the production of the Beatles' anthology CDs between 1994 and 1995 and the production in 1996 of the CD Chants of India by Ravi Shankar, which he not only produced, but also on it contributed several instruments and background vocals. George Harrison added guitar playing to the songs King of Broken Hearts and I'll Be Fine Anywhere in his studio FPSHOT in December 1997 , which were released on the Ringo Starr album Vertical Man .

Entrance to the Friar Park property

Harrison sold HandMade Films to Paragon Entertainment Corporation in 1994 . He sued his manager and business partner Denis O'Brien for damages in January 1995 and won the lawsuit in 1996.

On December 30, 1999, Harrison was stabbed and seriously injured by a mentally confused man in Friar Park, his manor in Henley-on-Thames . The intervention of his wife Olivia saved his life; she is said to have incapacitated the attacker by hitting him with a poker.

In the 1990s, George Harrison only worked sporadically on a new album. His last song Horse to the Water he recorded on October 2, 2001, but the title did not become part of his studio album, but appeared on the album Jools Holland's Big Band Rhythm & Blues .

George Harrison, 1996


Already in 1997 was with the heavy smoker Harrison cancer was diagnosed. The last meeting of George Harrison with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr took place on 12 November 2001 at the University Hospital of Staten Iceland ( New York instead) where Harrison was treated. He died on November 29, 2001 at Paul McCartney's new estate on Heather Road in Beverly Hills, aged 58. Lung cancer , which had also affected the brain through metastases , was given as the cause of death .

Harrison was cremated in a cardboard coffin, according to his beliefs . Nothing is known about the whereabouts of his ashes; in any case, as originally claimed, it was not scattered into the Ganges .

On November 29, 2002, in Harrison's memory, the Concert for George took place in London's Royal Albert Hall , with friends and musical companions performing. Together with his son Dhani Harrison, Eric Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Gary Brooker , Billy Preston, Joe Brown, Albert Lee, Tom Petty as well as Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr played at this concert . There was also a performance by Monty Python at this concert , in which Tom Hanks was also involved.

Posthumous publications

Shortly after George Harrison's death, My Sweet Lord was released again as a single in January 2002 . It again reached number 1 on the UK charts. In the same year, in November 2002, the last studio album Brainwashed was released posthumously . It was produced and completed by Jeff Lynne and Harrison's son Dhani. The instrumental piece Marwa Blues contained on it won a Grammy in 2004 .

In March 2004, the CD box The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992 was released , it includes all six re-released albums in CD format by George Harrison, which were released on his own label Dark Horse. All albums have been remastered and include bonus tracks and are also available separately.

According to the US business magazine Forbes, the income of Harrison's heirs from advertising, licenses and record sales amounted to a total of 15.4 million euros in the period from October 2006 to October 2007 alone.

In June 2009 the third best-of album Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison followed , in contrast to the first two compilation albums, Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison comprised George Harrison 's entire solo career. The songs were compiled by Olivia Harrison with the help of friends.

In October 2010, the Ravi Shankar-George Harrison Collaboration CD box was released; in addition to a live DVD, it contains the three remastered Ravi Shankar albums Shankar Family & Friends (1974), Ravi Shankar's Music Festival from India (1976) and Chants of India (1997) in which George Harrison was involved as a producer and musician (studio albums). The box is produced by Olivia Harrison.

In September 2007 it became known that the director and Oscar award winner Martin Scorsese planning a portrait of George Harrison. In December 2011, the documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World was finally released on DVD / Blu-ray . The CD George Harrison: Living in the Material World is part of the Blu-ray / DVD deluxe edition of the documentary of the same name about George Harrison and is identical to the CD Early Takes: Volume 1 , released in April 2012 , which contains previously unreleased songs or includes unreleased versions.

In September 2014, the second CD box The Apple Years 1968-75 was released , this includes all six re-released studio albums in CD format by George Harrison, which were released on the Beatles label Apple Records . All albums have been remastered and, with the exception of the album Electronic Sound , contain bonus tracks and are also available separately. Dhani Harrison mentions in the introduction to the booklet that his father said to him in 2000 during the remaster work on the album All Things Must Pass : “One day you're gonna have to finish all this” ('One day you will have to finish everything '). According to his statement, this has now happened with the publication of The Apple Years 1968-75 box.

Awards and honors

Star for George Harrison on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
George Harrison Close in Liverpool


Studio albums

George Harrison has appeared as a musician on at least 130 official albums during his musical career, e.g. B. with Bob Dylan, Don Nix , John Lennon, Mick Fleetwood , Jeff Lynne and others. v. m.



  • George Harrison - Living in the Material World . Documentary, 209 min. Director: Martin Scorsese , published in December 2011

Web links

Commons : George Harrison  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

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